Mark Tatum Rumors

NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said the basketball league is looking to turn its new esports league into a “truly global sport” that can coexist alongside the physical game just as the WNBA and G League have coexisted alongside the traditional men’s league. “We’re going to have teams eventually from Team Beijing play Team Dehli play Team London against the Celtics and create truly global competition,” Tatum said at a South by Southwest panel discussing the evolution of basketball.
“Twitch is a completely different experience than watching on TV, it’s information overload. But that’s how this young demographic is consuming the sport today,” said Tatum. “We need to be in [esports] because we need to attract those younger demographics.” The NBA was first alerted about esports a few years ago when it learned that entire basketball venues were being sold out for esports competitions, according to Tatum. In 2015, Madison Square Garden, the midtown Manhattan home of the NBA’s New York Knicks, reached a sold-out capacity of 11,000 people for a championship round of League of Legends.
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NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum sent a memo to all 30 teams on Friday reminding them of the guidelines that require each player, coach and training staff member to stand for the anthem — and if they do not, a form of discipline would be in order. Many wondered how the players, especially the outspoken Warriors, would react to this sudden reminder. “That rule has been in there for some time, so it wasn’t meant to prevent anything,” Iguodala said to ESPN. “So when you look at it from that standpoint, you understand that’s just the rule. It’s like having a drug test. You just have to comply with it.”
7 months ago via ESPN
The memo, distributed by deputy commissioner Mark Tatum, instructs teams that “the league office will determine how to deal with any possible instance in which a player, coach, or trainer does not stand for the anthem.” The memo states that individual teams “do not have the discretion to waive” the rule that players, coaches, and staff must stand for the anthem. The league has the discretion to discipline players who violate the rule.
7 months ago via ESPN